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August 16th, 2012
11:59 AM ET

Arizona Gov. Brewer signs executive order to deny deportation relief to illegal immigrants in her state – Rafael Romo reports

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed an executive order, directing state agencies to deny benefits—including driver’s licenses—to deferred action recipients in her state.  Brewer says the deferred action program does not give young immigrants legal status, so they should not have access to Arizona driver's licenses.

Brewer's order is a response to the deferred deportation program created in June by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and directly counters President Obama’s executive order.  

CNN’s Rafael Romo explains the backlash since Governor Brewer made the announcement and whether the Justice Department will get involved.

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  1. Amir Ali

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    August 17, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Amir Ali

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    August 17, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Carlos

    I think we're seeing Governor Bruja's real colors. Her argument is without legal merit and she should be charged with a hate crime. I agree that those who benefit from the deferred action program would not qualify for Medicaid and other benefits normally available only to Permanent Residents and Citizens, but denying them a Driver's License is just racism, pure and simple. It is also illegal for two reasons. 1)The REAL ID Act is a Federal mandate, and these beneficiaries qualify under the REAL ID Act for a state issued license or ID. 2)There are many persons in the USA on some kind of temporary visa or parole. To deny a specific group a driver's license because of their temporary status while allowing other groups with temporary status is partial and prejudicial It is also illegal. The Supreme court has made it abundantly clear that immigration policy is the domain of the Federal Government, not individual states. So if someone is granted a temporary legal status by the USCIS who is Gov. Jan Bruja to decide that they can't get a license?

    August 17, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse | Reply

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